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Myanmar: thousands protest against coup as military shuts down internet

Demonstrators in standoff with police amid demands for release of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi

Thousands of people took to the streets of Yangon on Saturday in the first major demonstration since Myanmar’s military seized power, despite a nationwide internet blackout imposed to stifle dissent.

Protesters chanted “down with the military dictatorship” and carried images of the ousted leaders Aung San Suu Kyi and Win Myint, whose party won a landslide election in November. The military detained both in raids early on Monday morning and they have not been seen in public since.

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